Office for the Aging


Shelley Wagar

1003 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-340-3456 or Toll Free at 1-877-914-3456
Fax: 845-340-3583
Email: swag[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

It is the mission of the Ulster County Office for the Aging to assist Ulster County seniors to be as  independent as possible, for as long as possible.  This is accomplished through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs and services which support and empower the elderly and their families.  We accomplish this in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.



A Message from  Shelley Wagar, Director

Hello and Happy February,

Can you believe it? It is February of 2019 already…. Where does all the time go?

Even though I am writing this newsletter in the middle of January, it seems to me that time is passing by way too quickly and not all the things I want to do, and like to do, are getting done. I am not one for resolutions although I have made a couple of promises to myself.

I believe in the adage “take care of yourself first so you can take of others.” And to me, part of that saying means to make time to do not only the chores in my life, but to do the things I like to do and put off for a rainy day, or perhaps retirement. Why wait? Life is short, right?

This February, I ask that each senior reading this newsletter make a goal of doing something you have wanted to do but have been putting off.  Perhaps it is giving blood at the hospital blood drive; or, reading that favorite book that you have read so many times already but want to read again. Do you want to take a dance lesson?  Try senior armchair yoga? Adopt a pet? Volunteer? Learn to quilt?  Go ahead and take the chance to learn something new. Risk failure and take the opportunity to succeed.

My personal goals (aside from losing weight like everyone else) include reading 24 books this year. Now this is hard for me because I love to read epoch novels, often 1000 pages or more in length. But I am going to stick to this because reading brings me so much satisfaction and pleasure.

By indulging yourself to do something for yourself, you are taking care of yourself so that you are better prepared to help others. Many of us have families and friends who need a helping hand occasionally. We can help them when we feel we have taken care of ourselves.

So, I challenge every senior- take a moment to spoil yourself. Not just by eating right or exercising, but by indulging yourself in a new experience or hobby and having fun doing so. You deserve it!

And to get you on your way, check out our OFA activities on our calendar page, You might just find something that tickles your fancy!


Shelley Wagar









For many seniors seeking a way to get low-impact exercise that improves health and requires no special equipment, Tai Chi is an excellent solution. Many seniors throughout Ulster County are enjoying the benefits of Tai Chi. Research is showing that an extremely effective way for older adults to improve balance, fitness, and flexibility, and to reduce the risk of falls. Attending group Tai Chi classes is a great way to socialize with others. Watch local Tai Chi instructor Celeste Graves lead a class.


CLICK HERE for the February 2019 newsletter